Would you eat bugs?

Also do you think that new players will emerge in the market, or will all these startups get bought by Cargill and the like?

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Feb 18, 2021 - 4:32pm

Nah. 

I would eat lab grown meat and that sort of thing, especially if it tastes the same or better, and I've had some vegan/vegetarian meat alternatives that taste pretty legit, although definitely not the same, but I'm not about eating bugs for protein. 

Shit I'd probably go full vegetarian before I resorted to eating bugs. 

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Feb 18, 2021 - 5:56pm

MaxEbic

Why wouldn't you eat bugs? 

Because it is disgusting 

 

Edit: Y'all weird as fuck for throwing shit at this

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Feb 18, 2021 - 6:04pm

Not a fan of of "vegan" meat like Beyond meat / impossible meat. It's basically just textured soy protein (which has been a filler in cheap processed foods for a long time) with some spices and fancy marketing. It tastes worse and costs more than regular meat.

 

Lab grown meat on the other hand actually sounds interesting. If they can figure out how grow actual animal meat cells I'd totally eat that, the only questions is if the cost will drop to something reasonable. Imo that's more interesting than this vegan fake meat stuff which is really just a gimmick at best.

 
Feb 19, 2021 - 8:23am

eyeborg

If they can figure out how grow actual animal meat cells 

They have. Multiple animals. 

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Feb 19, 2021 - 6:23pm

Impossible tastes pretty damn close to the real thing in my opinion but lab grown meat is definitely the future. Why would I eat bugs instead?

 
Feb 22, 2021 - 9:55pm

eyeborg

Not a fan of of "vegan" meat like Beyond meat / impossible meat. It's basically just textured soy protein (which has been a filler in cheap processed foods for a long time) with some spices and fancy marketing. It tastes worse and costs more than regular meat.

 

Lab grown meat on the other hand actually sounds interesting. If they can figure out how grow actual animal meat cells I'd totally eat that, the only questions is if the cost will drop to something reasonable. Imo that's more interesting than this vegan fake meat stuff which is really just a gimmick at best.

It's really the only way we can consume animal protein if we colonize the solar system. It's also probably the only way we can reasonably feed a huge population on Earth. I would definitely eat lab grown meat. I'd even do crickets if it were refined into a powder or, ya know, the protein in a candy bar; that makes sense to me. I definitely wouldn't eat insects straight up. 

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Feb 19, 2021 - 1:41pm

if you've ever eaten shrimp, crab, or lobster, you've eaten bugs (they're arthropods just like scorpions, centipedes, etc.)

if you've eaten scallops, oysters, clams, squid, octopus, or mussels, you've eaten bugs (they're mollusks, just like slugs and snails)

terrestrial insects gross us out because they're in the dirt, not because they're actually gross. I'd be willing to bet that any arhropod with enough meat to rival shrimp would taste pretty good in thai fried rice, but then again you could sneak in a shoelace and poker chips into khao pad and I'd probably eat it.

 
Feb 22, 2021 - 10:12pm

thebrofessor

if you've ever eaten shrimp, crab, or lobster, you've eaten bugs (they're arthropods just like scorpions, centipedes, etc.)

if you've eaten scallops, oysters, clams, squid, octopus, or mussels, you've eaten bugs (they're mollusks, just like slugs and snails)

terrestrial insects gross us out because they're in the dirt, not because they're actually gross. I'd be willing to bet that any arhropod with enough meat to rival shrimp would taste pretty good in thai fried rice, but then again you could sneak in a shoelace and poker chips into khao pad and I'd probably eat it.

Some of these 'bugs' have to be fed pineapple or good tasting foods before eating as they have been eating shit and you don't want to eat that shit. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Feb 18, 2021 - 4:35pm

Aren't they supposed to be super nutritious and potentially solve bunch of food shortage issues in case we fuck up the Earth so much?

On one hand, I don't like bugs so I'm only inclined to try if they're prepared in some fancy restaurant or ground up to paste so I don't see it.

On the other hand, I already love eating shellfish while people from landlocked countries pretty much think shellfish are sea bugs. What that tells me is that whatever food is perceived as "disgusting" is just culturally relative (given that it's safe). So if I'm feeling it, I'd like to break through my prejudice and give it a shot.

Good news is that I heard that tarantulas taste like peanut butter.

 
Feb 19, 2021 - 10:50am

Milton Friedchickenman

Aren't they supposed to be super nutritious and potentially solve bunch of food shortage issues in case we fuck up the Earth so much?

I'm not anti-bug, I'm curious since I know you're educated Milton. have any ecologists looked at the potential downsides of using insects as a food source for humans - like what that would do to the food chain, plant life, and so forth? I mean we're not eating mosquitos, bollwevils, or other invasive species, it'd be crickets, grasshoppers, ants, and so forth that I believe have some ecological importance, no?

 
Feb 19, 2021 - 3:08pm

Hmm... I'm not exactly sure about the ecology of bug farming but what I know is that it has the following advantages.

1) Insect farming is greener than most livestock farming. Supposedly chickens are one of the least resource intensive animals to raise. But most insects take even less water and emit much much less carbon. (75% less carbon emission and 50% less water usage than pultry farming)

2) Apparently crickets and mealworms don't really feel pain? There are other schools of thought when it comes to ethics of eating other creatures though. For example, supposedly certain plants and mushrooms are actually much more intelligent than livestock because plant and fungi colonies can build large distributed models of the weather and can collectively adjust how they grow over long periods of time. 

3) Livestock becomes very expensive when you want your animals to live in stress free environments eating all natural grass (which definitely makes it healthier and more ethical). But most insects are free from this issue because they can live under many different conditions and their nutritional profiles won't change much.

Now point 3 night not be true though. 

 
Feb 18, 2021 - 5:33pm

I had some cricket protein bars. They were ok. Would eat again

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Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Feb 18, 2021 - 8:01pm

GoldenCinderblock

I had some cricket protein bars. They were ok. Would eat again

Yeah I saw the guy on shark tank with this product.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Feb 19, 2021 - 2:24pm

Milton Friedchickenman

Do crickets have a particular taste? 

If you are it without knowing what it was initially, would you be able to figure it out?

I knew what it was. My wife brought some home thinking correctly I'd be mildly curious. They were like blueberry and vanilla flavored so that's mostly what I tasted. I'd say it's even more neutral than like whey protein though. I think isolated, it would taste like super dry beef jerky.

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Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Feb 18, 2021 - 6:10pm

When I lived in the Middle East for a bit, I had a friend from Pakistan I want to say that brought them to school once and I remember them being ok. Grasshopper tacos are the shit though, definitely recommend.

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Feb 18, 2021 - 8:17pm

Only if I get paid.

For food, lab meat is the future, probably gonna be higher margin than present day meat (once it's manufactured in factories) and actually tastes like meat unlike those veggie substitutes.

 
Feb 18, 2021 - 9:43pm

yeah def - okra is best fried

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Feb 19, 2021 - 8:51am

I have eaten crickets at a nice restaurant in Chicago and it tasted like crunchy air with legs. not gross, but not memorable. only remember it because it was a bug.

I am NOT a fan of alternative meats, fake meats, lab grown meats, etc. I think the answer is rethinking agriculture in total and moving towards regenerative farming, eating zero fast food, and so on. to preempt the ensuing arguments about the environment/ethics, we had a nice discussion on this here, my first comment: https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/how-can-you-justify-eating-meat#…

 
Feb 19, 2021 - 11:46am

You will eat ze bugs. You will take ze drugs. You will live in ze pod. You will wear ze mask.
 

You will own nothing and you will be happy.

 

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Feb 19, 2021 - 12:35pm

Fidel Cash Flow

You will eat ze bugs. You will take ze drugs. You will live in ze pod. You will wear ze mask.
 

You will own nothing and you will be happy.

 

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Feb 19, 2021 - 3:40pm

No. I'd rather start a war with anyone who tries to force me to.

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Feb 19, 2021 - 3:46pm

Why do far lefties/deep establishment want to push eating bugs and fake meat? I've done both to try. Bugs can range from decent snacks to really shitty. All fake meat I've tried is shit. And I hate the idea of eating "lab grown meat." Sounds too sus for me. I've taken to a paleo inspired diet recently, I figured the less processed/fake a food is, the better it probably is for you.

Fuck this weird globalist agenda of "eat bugs, live in pods, don't own anything, and don't ask questions." The establishment and far left are on some weird stuff rn.

 
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Feb 19, 2021 - 6:37pm

I'm not sure about bugs, but I really don't think the issue of consuming animal products is a left vs. right thing. I have both conservative and liberal friends who are vegan/vegetarian. It's true, avoiding processed foods is definitely a plus but I think there's a reason that there is a good scientific consensus that the healthiest diets are whole-food plant-based (basically vegan but minimizing processed foods) and mediterranean (which is primarily plant-based with some fish). 

 
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Feb 19, 2021 - 6:44pm

I can pull studies showing carnivore diets are best too. I think almost any diet can be proven to be successful with a few basic criteria (low processed foods, lower sugar). And the left vs right thing is mostly establishment/elites vs the typical person. Of course the elites want to tell us that we'll be happy living in pods and renting everything from them while we eat bugs and synthetic meat. They want that power. I say left because i think the majority of this establishment is comprised of those who push liberal ideologies, not because they believe them, but because they tend to rest to giving control to more powerful people

 
Feb 19, 2021 - 7:23pm

 

I'm not sure about bugs, but I really don't think the issue of consuming animal products is a left vs. right thing. I have both conservative and liberal friends who are vegan/vegetarian. It's true, avoiding processed foods is definitely a plus but I think there's a reason that there is a good scientific consensus that the healthiest diets are whole-food plant-based (basically vegan but minimizing processed foods) and mediterranean (which is primarily plant-based with some fish). 

Google ''typical xxx food'':

Spanish: Jamon

Italy: cotoletta, braciole, cotechino, prosciutto, scaloppe, salsiccia

Grece: grilled meat and moussaka

Turkish: kebab, kofte

Lebanese: kibbeh,kafta, kanafeh

Israeli: kachapuri, shakshuka, shawarma

Egyptian: kebab, kofta, shawarma, pigeon

Algerian/Moroccan: cous cous with meat stew, kefta

You should received a life-long ban from the Mediterraean for your claim and I'm not even touching the laughable vegan supremacy combined with ''studies show'' nonsense. It's outright ridiculous. The healthiest diets are the ones of top athletes. Those are high protein. Athletes who choose a vegan lifestyle take supplements to compensate.

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Feb 19, 2021 - 7:02pm

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